Rival insurgent groups fight in rebel-held Idlib
Clashes have broken out in northwestern Syria between two of the most powerful insurgent groups there, raising fears of widespread violence in
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The fighting between the ultraconservative Ahrar alSham and al-Qaeda-linked Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham are the first serious acts of violence since the groups reached a truce in February. Wider clashes between the two former allies could affect their fight against President Bashar alAssad’s forces, which have been gaining ground over the past year under the cover of Russian airstrikes.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the clashes were concentrated near the village of Tel Touqan. It added that after the clashes, Ahrar al-Sham briefly cut water supplies to Idlib’s provincial capital, mostly controlled by Hay’at Tahrir alSham. — Associated Press Benghazi airport reopens after 3 years: Benghazi’s international airport officially reopened for commercial flights amid a heavy security presence after a threeyear closure due to fighting in the eastern Libyan city. The first outbound flights from Benina International Airport were to the capital, Tripoli, to Amman, Jordan, and to the southeastern Libyan city of Kufra. Fighting in Benghazi had escalated in summer 2014 when forces loyal to a powerful commander launched a military campaign against Islamist and other foes. Earlier this month, he declared victory in the campaign.